The Top Oyster Happy Hours in Belltown and Downtown.
Washington is home to five species of delectable oysters that are cultivated throughout the State’s frigid waters, and these cold weather months are the best time to partake! While taking a day trip to Hama Hama or Hood Canal to eat just picked and shucked oysters can be a memorable way to spend a day, you actually don’t have to travel far to enjoy the fresh briny delicacy.
Seattle’s Belltown and Downtown areas are home to seven stand-out restaurants that serve a plethora of mollusk varieties. And to sweeten the slurping experience, they feature happy hours where oysters are the main attraction.
2234 1st Avenue
All the ingredients at this neighborhood joint are sourced within 360 miles of its Belltown location. Their Happy Hour runs daily from 3-6PM and features a great oyster deal along with tasty bar bites like sliders and the most ridiculously good bacon-topped deviled eggs in Seattle. At Happy Hour, oysters are just $1.00 each and served with a tangy lemon mignonette. Pair them with one of Local’s signature cocktails such as the “Scoby”—a crisp gin and green tea libation.
Queen City Grill
2201 1st Avenue
On Tuesday nights, Queen City Grill features their Oyster Happy Hour all evening. Dabob Bay, Kusshi or Hood Canal oysters are just 1$. They also serve up baked oysters dressed in fennel, garlic and paprika for $2 and a mouthwatering oyster and bacon chowder for just $5. Pair any of these delicacies with their house white wine for just $5 a glass.
1700 7th Avenue
Blueacre is known for their stellar Pacific Northwest seafood in a bright, airy location that’s easily accessible from all our Belltown and Downtown properties. Their Happy Hour runs daily from 3-6PM in their lounge. You can enjoy $1.50 oysters on the half shell with a pink peppercorn mignonette along with $5 glasses of wine and beer and cocktail specials. They also have a variety of innovative seafood offerings –-like their crab and baby shrimp tater tots—all under $10.00.
Tankard and Tun
Renowned Seattle brewery Pike Brewing recently opened Tankard and Tun as their new seafood-focused restaurant. At their “Hoppy Hour” (3-6 daily) their oysters are just $2 each and served with a Mountain Blue Huckleberry mignonette. Pair the mollusks with one of Pike’s tasty brews such as the Naughty Nellie golden ale.
1212 2nd Avenue
Known for their thick steaks and potent martini’s in an old-school setting, each day the Chef selects a special Pacific Northwest oyster for Happy Hour that runs daily from 4-6PM. Served up with one of the tastiest mignonettes comprised of tart green apple, you can slurp to your heart’s content for $2.00 a pop. Their mini crab cakes and balsamic-glazed steak bites perfectly complement the bivalves. The Brooklyn is a perfect date spot as well as a great place for a business meeting.
Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar
124 Republican Street (nearby Key Arena in Lower Queen Anne.) and 410 Occidental Avenue South in Pioneer Square (nearby Safeco and Century Link fields)
Taylor Shellfish also has additional locations throughout the PNW including Capitol Hill.
Taylor’s motto is “from tide to table” and they stand by that by serving up some of the tastiest and freshest seafood in the PNW. At their happy hour from 4-6PM, oysters are just $1.50. On a recent trip to the Queen Anne location, the Chef had selected two oysters for happy hour; a small plump briny sumo kumo and a robust bigger variety called “Fat Bastard.” Despite it’s larger size, the Bastard was incredibly mild and sweet. And it was fun to say while ordering it!
Elliott’s Oyster House
1201 Alaskan Way
One of Seattle’s most iconic seafood restaurants, Elliott’s truly knows how to do oysters. And they feature one of the best Happy Hours for showcasing the briny beasts. Their progressive Happy Hour starts at 3PM and runs until 6 daily. From 3-4PM the Chef selected oyster is $1.50 each. From 4-5 they are 2 bucks and go up to $2.50 from 5-6. In addition to their specialty, they have a tasty small bites menu with coconut prawn and tequila-spiked mussels. To pair with the bites, they have $5 glasses of wine, $4-$5 beers and $6 cocktails. Because Elliott’s is a popular haunt for tourists and locals alike, our tip is to get there early and grab a seat at the bar. If there’s a line you can always put your name on the waiting list and have the hostess text you when your table is ready. Copperworks is a local distillery right across the way at 1250 Alaskan Way that’s a fabulous place to grab a drink while you wait.
To learn more about the oysters the Pacific NW has to offer, here are three excellent articles:
Seattle Met Magazine; The Five Oysters You Meet in Washington: https://www.seattlemet.com/articles/2016/3/1/the-five-oysters-you-meet-in-washington
The Oyster Bar; The History and Types of Oysters in the Pacific Northwest: https://www.theoysterbar.net/history-types-oysters-pnw/
Chef’s Resources; Pacific Northwest Oyster Varieties by Region: